Baker Botts LLP has opened a new office in Rio de Janeiro, the firm’s first office in Latin America in almost 50 years, in order to work closely with clients in Brazil and throughout Latin America. The firm will operate as a foreign legal consultancy in Rio, with resident partners John White and Hannah Longley advising Brazilian clients and assisting foreign companies looking to enter the Brazilian market.
White’s experience includes the development of floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects (both liquefaction and regasification), the construction, chartering and financing of LNG vessels, FSRUs, FPSOs and other offshore assets as well as large downstream “gas to” projects. He has worked on the development and operation of LNG projects, downstream gas projects, petrochemical projects, oil and gas pipelines, power, water and infrastructure projects around the world.
Longley has also advised on a wide range of upstream oil and gas projects, numerous LNG projects and downstream gas and infrastructure projects. She has experience in negotiating, drafting and advising on complex commercial arrangements, including joint venture agreements, gas sales agreements, corporate and asset acquisitions and disposals, farm-in agreements, production sharing agreements, drilling and service contracts, FEED contracts, EPC contracts, LNG sale and purchase arrangements and LNG terminal use agreements.
With this new office, will work in conjunction with a select network of Brazilian-qualified lawyers and law firms for matters requiring specific Brazilian-law input. Expansion of the firm’s services to clients in Latin America advances the firm’s strategic objective of extending its resources in the US, the UK and Europe, the Middle East and Asia to clients in energy centers around the world who will benefit from the experience and value-added capabilities provided by the firm’s lawyers.
Baker Botts LLP is an international law firm of approximately 700 lawyers practicing throughout a network of 15 offices around the globe. The Rio office is the firm’s ninth international office and 15th worldwide.